Saudi Arabia is the 2nd most Twitter-happy nation, my dear friend @azizshalan predicted that twitter will go viral in saudi back in 2009/2010, I always thought he was exaggerating, but he was right, and still is.
Twitter went so viral that the grand mufti implied that most of young people are wasting their time on chatting and using the internet, especially Twitter.
I do agree with him, especially about the part about twitter being used to “unleash unjust, incorrect and wrong tweets.” because it has become one unreliable game of telephone.
The Saudi twittersphere seems to get crazy over daily hashtags that are forgotten the next day, ask people what was yesterday’s hashtag and they would probably not remember like they don’t remember what they ate yesterday. They usually involve current events and some are defaming to characters like they did with the Saudi female olympians and how some big officials and celebrities are suing to each other.
At the same time, Saudi prince Alwaleed Bin Talal (who is a $300 million stakeholder of twitter) said that “Blocking social media platforms is a ‘losing war’” of course it is a losing war, first there will always be another platform, the next big thing that will engage people and get their attention, and the internet is moving at the speed of the internet which is a lot faster than the speed of governments (any government) online.
The rise of twitter is caused by the rise of smartphone usage, in my opinion, and just like anything with a lot of talk and no action… twitter is a lot of talk and no action.
However, as marketers around the world are making millions using twitter, this is still not happening in Saudi… yet.
So will twitter damn your soul? ask any procrastinating blogger like myself .. and he will tell you yes, however, as more people join, the less people will interact, and as less people interact, the less it will become a social network and will turn into a news source.